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Holmdel Turns To 'Single-Stream Recycling' Starting Jan. 1

No more sorting. Now, residents will place all recyclables in one container.

Beginning January 1, Holmdel Township households can put out all the recycling to the curb, in the same container. 

That means all the metal cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office paper and mixed papers can be combined in the container, as long as it does not exceed more than 50 lbs.

The Township Committee voted to make the switch to single-stream at their last meeting after learning they could save $39,001 in 2013. 

Switching to single stream recycling in 2013 is also contributing to an annual decrease of the Township’s recycling contract by approximately 30%, said Recycling Coordinator Barbara Kovelesky, who is also now serving as Interim Township Clerk. 

There will be no change in the collection schedule.  Future Sanitation of Farmingdale will continue to do the pick-ups. The recyclables are sorted by machines and sent to landfills in different parts of the country. 

"Its a convenience, more than anything," said Future Sanitation salesman Bernie Neuhaus. "It's a greener way of doing things. The easier we can make it for the public, the more receptive they are going to be to recycle."  

L December 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Very interesting comment from Michael. So why is the town giving a contract to a separate company to collect the so-called " recyclables"? Wonder how this shows up on the town's line item budget for 2013.
Mike Simpson December 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Mike....that NY Times article appears to be have been published 16 years ago!! :-)
Michael Nikolis December 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
True.. But it makes the point that recycling, by itself, is wasteful.. The message of the article is we buy too much crap that we don't need or use.. Which is still true to this day.. If not more so...
Jim January 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Aluminum is very valuable as a recyclable. Glass, metal, newspaper and even mixed paper has value. The cost of recycling is less than the cost of just dumping. The recycling of plastic is still iffy but it does save a bit compared to just dumping it into landfills. Plastic of course does not break down during a lifetime so getting them separated for eventual recycling is still a net positive.
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